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. >> there will be a memorial service here in washington at national cathedral on wednesday vice president biden will deliver remarks. >> vice president biden honored nelson mandela's memory by signing a condolence book. wrote through his willingness to forgive he inspired us and challenged us to do better. three decades ago then senator biden travelled to south africa. the two men did meet in washington after the release in 19990. >> there will be a civic memorial in san francisco on wednesday. today mayor lee opened a book for the public to sign and ordered flags on city properties be known half staff the day of his burial and later in this newscast. stay with us if you can. you're going to meet the boys choir who will sing during the memorial for mandela in washington, d.c. >> there is new information ahead of public hearings tomorrow. investigators expected to reveal pilots misunderstood how the controls punks functioned. >> the law requires dna samples to be taken from all suspects arrested for felonies. american civil liberties union saying the law is un-constitutional. the state claims it helps solve
curve. >> he caught himself too late. >> president joe biden arrived in beijing to talk to the vice president. he publicly rebuked china in recent days. >> two sky divers dead after colliding during a jump south of phoenix. >> $18 billion in red. the city of detroit gets the go ahead to file for bankruptcy. >> labor unions plan to appeal. >> there's going to be pain for a lot of different people. >> lawson arrived preparing to give evidence in the trial of her two former assist ents. >> the space shuttle has launched. >> all that -- >> for some reason he threw it into the crowd. that's one of the stranger things you'll see. >> you've had a lot of success without a mush tach. you look like a baby lam. >> the capitol is brighter after getting holiday glitz. >> three, two, one. on "cbs this morning." >>> an international report card for schools has four grades for u.s. students. in math it was well below average. >> luckily american students will never understand because they're 85th in reading. >>> welcome to "cbs this morning." good morning norah. again bad wea
for a living. next in your "world tonight." >>> treading lightly. vice president joe biden is in asia tonight hoping to make progress on two sensitive topics. >> nbc bay area's janelle wang is here with our "world tonight." >> raj and jessica, one issue has local ties. vice president biden is expected to discuss the detainment of palo alto war veteran merrill newman in north korea. biden arrived there today. the white house has already issued a formal request for newman's release. the 85-year-old was detained in late october after the end of a ten-day visit to north korea. over the weekend, north korean television aired a video of newman apologizing for crimes during the korean war. experts believe the statement was coerced. during the war, newman served in a top-secret army unit. nicknamed the white tigers. which trained anti-communist guerillas. >>> vice president biden will also visit south korea during his trip as well as china where he will meet with president xi jiping. the two will most likely discuss china's new claim over the east china sea and the threat it continues to make to coun
commission president and asked to renew negotiations. >>> vice president joe biden is in japan this morning. new u.s. ambassador caroline kennedy greeted biden when he arrived in tokyo. biden says the u.s. is trying to lower tensions in the region after china suddenly declared an air defense zone in the east china sea. he plans to bring it up when he meets with china's president tomorrow. seth done in beijing. good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, norah. the vice president traveled here to asia to talk about trade and economic issues but that conflict over the air defense zone will likely dominate his trip. just a couple hours ago, he reiterated u.s. support for its ally japan. the vice president continued his week-long tour in asia today alongside japan's prime minister. it signals the early stages of a delicate balancing act for the u.s. amid international protest over china's newly declared air defense zone. biden addressed the conflict this morning. >> we the united states are deeply concerned by the attempt to unilaterally change the status quo in the ea
. >> major, thank you. >>> joe biden is taking a stand this morning over china's air defense zone. biden arrived in south korea today after wrapping up a two day visit to china. he spoke in beijing about china's territorial dispute with japan. >> china's recent and sudden announcement about the air defense identification zone has to state the obvious, cause apprehension in the region. i was very direct about our firm position and our expectations in my conversations with the president. >> biden met with the president five hours wednesday. today biden criticized china's crack down on american journal oust working in the country. he says innation thrives where people speak freely and newspapers report the truth without fear. >>> congress is getting close to the end of this year's season and on track to be the least productive congress in american history. but members of congress are tackling some issues including the eternal question, is there life on other planets? really? nancy cordes is on capitol hill. good morning. >> reporter: sad but true. good morning norah, c
,000 jobs added in november. the jobless rate fell to 7%. >>> at the top of joe biden's agenda in south korea. >> trying to land in fierce winds in england. the captain tried to land twice, he had to abort. >> we've lost one of the most unflu unlun shl and courageous human beings. he no longer belongs to us. he belongs to the angels. >> how does a man maintain his strength, belief, integrity on an island where he's been sentenced to life in prison? >> there is nothing as inspiring as to know that -- ♪ by toyota. let's go places. toyota. let's go places. jeerks captioning funded by cbs >>> welcome to "cbs this morning." the world is >>> welcome to cbs this morning. the world is celebrating the life of nelson mandela. the activist and political prisoner who became south africa's first black president died last nigh at the age of 95. >> he led his country out of apartheid into an era of diversity and democracy with a simple message of peace. mandela was born in 1980, the son of a tribal chief. his mother gave him an african name which means troublemaker. was a schoolteacher though who re
states apparently brokered by the swedish government, vice president joe biden was in south korea and offered newman a ride home on air force 2. newman declined the flight and said choosing for a commercial flight here to san francisco international airport. it's unknown exactly what time on what flight he might come in, but there are in fact two flights from china arriving tomorrow morning. live at sfo, kpix5. >> and since 2009, north korea has detained six americans released five of them. the only one still being held is kenneth bay. >>> there is a mountain of flowers and candles outside the home of nelson mandela. a steady stream of mourners stopping by since learning of his death yesterday. a public memorial is being planned since tuesday. after that, his body will lie in state for three days. the funeral is set a week from sunday in mandela's hometown. leaders from all over the world are expected to attend the service, including president obama and the first lady and former president george bush and his wife laura. >>> san francisco is planning its own memorial to the former
on air force 2 by joe biden who happened to be in south korea, but he opted for a special flight that will land some time soon. >>> since this afternoon, the family had to give their reless. >> is this a great moment for us as a family and will be even better when we have a chance to be back together in a few hours. >> reporter: this is video of meryl newman arriving in beijing china, a few hours after the north korea regime deported him because of his age and medical condition. >> we had a chance to speak briefly with meryl who was in beijing. he is eager to be reunited with his parent. it was last month that the tape him admitting wrong was released. >> he seems to have gone there with every good wish and intentions, and it seems like it's one of those things that went array. >> reporter: and now meryl ask headed black to the bay, back to family in time for the holidays. >> it's been a difficult ordeal for us as family, particularly for him. we want to thank everyone who gave us the opportunity to bring him home. >> reporter: he will arrive this weekend. it's unknown exactly wh
for his alleged crimes and because of his age and medical condition. and as mentioned also, joe biden is in south korea right now meeting with u.s. soldiers as part of the 60th anniversary of armistice. he praised north korea for releasing newman and added he didn't play any direct role in newman's release. he also called attention to k kennets bae, who they say should be released also, authorities released bae last year, he was a missionary and tour operator. he was sentenced in may to 15 years of hard labor, on charges of committing hostile acts against north korea. >>> and merrill newman is our top story here in the bay area. >>> and the cold weather could have been the cause of another death, the man was found dead in dublin, if the exposure to cold caused his death he would be the fifth person to die as a result of the cold weather. speaking of that cold weather we have new details on a water main break in castro valley that caused quite a mess. the crews were back early this morning, filling in the 10 x 15 foot sinkhole that opened up last night. this is what the street looked l
:55 is the time. vice president joe biden is on his way to tokyo. the first stop is his week long trip to asia. in addition to japan biden will also visit china and south korea. during his visit to south korea on saturday, the vice president will visit the demilterrized zone -- demilitarized zone. >>> game wardens have a now lethal way -- the killing of two mountain lion cubs in half- moon bay that prompted its new law. to safely capture and relocate mountain lions where as before they could only shoot and kill them. >> they always have to look at public safety first. but this gives them the opportunity to make other decisions. >> the law takes effect january 1st. the department of fish and wildlife they have already changed their operating procedures. so far at least seven mountain lions around the state have been saved. >>> sfo is bringing in dogs to help traveling -- to help travelers have a bit more enjoyable time. this week volunteers from the san francisco spca will start visiting the airport with eight certified therapy dogs. the purpose is to help soothe nerves of people who are kind o
feels good and he is very eager to see his wife. vice president joe biden was in south korea when newman was released. the white house says biden did offer him a ride home on air force 2 but he decided to take a direct flight to fso instead. the government reiterated calls to release another american, kenneth bay who has been captive more than a year now. >>> some san francisco police officers will trade in uniforms for seattle sea hawks gear sunday. it's away that hope to deal with rowdy fans against seattle. the seahawks crushed them in september. greg showed off the examples of the gear for his officers. he said there will be officers, more officers on duty during the game. >>> batkid is returning to san francisco for a fund-raiser. the 5-year-old cancer survivor, miles cot became an internet sensation last month. now they are returning to lead the brave the bay charity. >> make a wish foundation is another charity the 49ers patronize. miles will lend help to the 49ers sunday. >>> it is a busy weekend for batkid. the triathlon starting this morning to raise $75,000 for the make a wish
cuts in pensions are expected for city workers. >>> vice president joe biden is wrapping up his trip to japan, where the focus was china. he and the japanese prime minister discussed how to deal with china's declaration of the east china sea which until recently has been known and still is international airspace. chinese says all aircraft including passenger airlines must now get approval to fly through the zone or face possible military action. vice president biden will travel to beijing tomorrow. >>> in the hot seat. today, the editor of "the guardian" defended the newspaper's decision to publish information from edward snowden. the editor said he only released about 1% of the material that was given to them by the former nsa contractor. scotland yard, meantime, confirmed today it is investigating whether "the garden" should face terrorism charges for publishing high-level security secrets. and that is your "world tonight." >> thank you, janelle. >>> take a look. an amazing story of survival. a man is found alive inside the hull of a sunken tugboat after being trapped underwater fo
, we give them something. >> kimberly, thank you. >> vice president joe biden has a week-long trip planned to asia this week, including a stop in south korea. this is video of him in panama two weeks ago. he plans to participate in a ceremony honoring u.s. troops who died during the korean war. there's no word at this point if he plans to discuss with anyone the arrest of merrill newman. there's a statement that asks for the release of merrill newman as well as kenneth bay, another american held in the communist country. we are following the story at nbc bay type in detained in north korea in the search bar and you'll get the very latest information. >>> we are following a developing story tonight. san francisco police are investigating a deadly shooting. detectives tell us the victim was trying to sell a game console when he was shot and killed. the robbery and shooting happened about 3:30 this afternoon near the mission district. investigators say the victim a man in his 20s arranged online to meet up with a buyer. when the buyer showed up, he reportedly stole the conso
more coming up new at 6:00 p.m. >>> joe biden arrived in asia where he was greeted by caroline kennedy. japan and other countries are upset over china's claims that it controls new air defense jones airlines need to get permission -- zones and airlines need to get permission to ply over the zones. >>> the republican national convention said today we remember rosa park's stand and her role in ending racism. the problem is people don't believe racism has ended. the republican national convention changed the last part to say her role in fighting to end racism. yesterday was the 58's anniversary of the day she refused to give up her seat. >>> changes coming to a shopping plaza at the expense of small business owners who say they are being forced out. ktvu's eric rasmussen explains how a construction project is having an impact before it begins. >>> a make or break time of year for retailers but some business owners say their fate has already been decided. >> heartbreaking. >> reporter: he is shutting down after 26 years. >> we built all this. >> reporter: all that is left, a note for custo
august 17th.and was not completely contained until october 24th. >> vice president joe biden's wednesday meeting in beijing with chinese president xi jinping is likely to be tense amid a dispute over airspace. yesterday, biden stood in japan and publicly rebuked china for trying to enforce its will on its neighbors by declaring its airspace over islands in the east china sea that it and japan both claim. >> an unwanted animal was left outside in the cold sunday night at contra costa county animal services in martinez. this is the pitbull found tied to a fence outside the animal shelter the manager of the facility says that pets being dumped by their owners. sadly, is not uncommon this time of year. >> "we call it holiday dumping which is a collective term for. craziness that's happening." >> officials at contra costa county animal services say they will put the abandoned pit bull up for adoption. hoping to find this big, lovable guy a suitable home. >> richmond's anti- smoking laws are some of the toughest on record. and there is a new step to expand those laws to include e-cigarettes. t
consider him a prisoner of war. >> vice president biden is in asia planning to visit the demilitarized zone between north address and south korea where the detention of him will come up. he will attend a ceremony to americans killed during the war part of a mission that includes talks with the leaders of south korea, china and japan. >> groups are celebrating a law january 1 to protect mountain lions not an immediate thread to people after the controversial deaths of two cubs in half moon bay. wardens killed two cubs that wandered into town looking for food and their mom. the public outtry was so great a law was passed requiring them to use nonlethal methods to capture the cats unless they are a threat to the public. >> we lost the wolf and grizzlies but we have mountain lions. we have lions in the state. that is exciting. a lot petroleum -- people feel the same. >> the law is not in effect but the we we new policy has been adopted by wardens. >> amazon is looking to the skies if a way to deliver goods nasaer than ever testing delivering packages using drones. this is video showing how the
be used to make a dirty bomb. >>> vice president joe biden is arriving in beijing. the vice president made today with the vice president. both u.s. and japan have refused to recognize china's declaration. >>> time is 6:15. the family of nelson mandela says he's putting up a courageous fight but he is still very, very ill. in september the former south african president was released from the hospital. he's been getting home based medical attention since leaving the hospital. his family says he is still strong and courageous despite the fact he is extremely ill. >>> no comment from the white house after a massachusetts judge ruled on the immigration status of president obama's uncle. the uncle made no comments either. he was facing possible deportation back to kenya but the court ruled he will be allowed to stay here in the u.s. even though he's been living for almost 50 years illegally here in the u.s.. his record shows he arrived in this country on a student visa in 1963 and never left. despite being ordered to go back home in 1991. he became publicly known when he was arrested for drunk d
president joe biden is now in china. its the second stop of his week long trip to asia. you are looking at video of the vice president there arriving in beijing. he met today with china's president. so far neither have made any public comments about a new chinese air defense zone. that has become a major point of friction in asia. >>> there is new information about the 85-year-old palo alto man that has been detained for more than a month in north korea. the san jose mercury news says he led a unit of gorilla fighters that inflicted heavy casualties on communist fighters. he reached out to a group before his trip and planned to meet them. and there is word this morning that former basketball star dennis rodman is heading back to north korea. rodman will make his third visit to the country on december 18th to help train the north korean basketball team for an exhibition team against former nba players in january. on his last trip in february he watched a basketball game sitting next to the north korean leader kim jong un. >>> the golden stator war -- state warriors won. and it was one of
in here, at home, and across the world. speaking at south korean university, biden said mandela lifted a nation to freedom. he had wisdom, compassion, courage, and forgiveness. >> in washington, dc, flags are at half staff. this is video showing the white house last night. flags are lower the a public buildings and military facilities. president obama made the order yesterday evening and flags will continue to fly at half staff through sunset on monday. >> in washington, a memorial is growing outside the south african embassy with people leaving cards, candles and flowers following the announcement of the death. a visitor said you cannot put in word was he did for south africa. >> similar seen -- scene in long do where notes and flowers are left. this video was shot a few hours ago. his daughters were in london when they got word of their father's death. they attending the premiere of the new film honoring the late south african leader. >> this paris, the eiffel tower is lit up in south africa colors in honor of delaware. you can see green, red and blue lit up on the tower. >> back in
is unknown. vice president joseph biden was in south korea as the last stop of his tour of asian. he offered to fly newman back on air force 2. but instead he's back in a commercial flight on it way to san francisco that is expected to land sometime tomorrow. amber lee, ktvu channel 2 news. >>> new visit corrode here just into our newsroom of a hidden run in oakland. it happened around 6:30 tonight right near interstate 880. a witness told ktvu that a car hit a pedestrian and kept ongoing. our pe -- >>> a plan to fix oakland's public safety radio system could cost the city tens of millions of dollars. a city commission recommends oakland replace all 2,700 police radios as soon as possible. and that could cost between 15 and $20 million. oakland officials have been working for months to repair the system. many describe as unreliable. a malfunction even happened during president obama's visit to oakland last year. >>> the latest numbers released today show the job situation in this country is showing signs of steady improvement. november's unemployment rate dropped to 7% from 7.3%. that is it
and medical condition. >>> vice president biden who's in south korea praised the release last night and asked him if he wanted to fly home in style. >> i offered him a ride home on air force two but there's a direct flight to san francisco, his home. so i don't blame him. i would be on that flight, too. >> newman is on a flight to sfo right now as we said and he is expected to arrive later this morning. that will be one happy home coming for sure. >>> coming up on 8:09 and i think we can take it now. it's been three -- fourth day of the cold snap. >> yes. we haven't seen the coldest morning temperatures yet, no. >> why must you tell me that? >> another day or so. here's a look from boulder creek where the temperature is right at about freezing and you can see the snow. so they had it down there and it's still on the ground. we'll have live pictures for you. right now the sunny conditions where, oh, it is going to disappear quick out there. a look at the still chilly forecast coming up. >> all right. thank you. >>> also next, remembering nelson mandela. we'll have the tributes here and in sout
as a symbol of meryl's safe return. the vice president joe biden who is in south korea had this to say about the korean war veteran's released. >> there is a good piece of news. they released someone they should never have had in the first place. >> the north korean government accused him of war crimes and the state media released this video of newman last week allegedly confessing to the crimes. the news outlet says newman's apology, his age and his medical condition lead to his released. lisa amin gulezian, abc7 news. >>> at least six americans have been detained since 2009 including kenneth bay who has been held in north korea for more than a year. he is a korean-american missionary. he is accused of plotting to overthrow the communist government. >>> a two-alarm fire seriously damaged an apartment building in alameda county. it happened late this afternoon in a two-story apartment building on on san jose avenue. fire officials say the cause was a faulty power cord in a second floor bedroom. displaced residents are being helped by the red cross. >>> and a watermain break in castro valley.
as a symbol for his safe return. vice president biden had this to say. >> there's a piece of good news. they never should have had it in the first place. >> the north korean government accused newman of committing war crimes and the media released this video of new minnesota allegedly confessing to those crimes. the news outlet said his apology, his age and medical condition, led to his relief. lisa amin gulezian, abc7 news. >>> at least six americans have been detained since twine, including kenneth by, who has been held in north korea for more than a year. he was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor after he was accused of plotting to overthrow the government. >>> we are learning this morning the cause of a two-alarm fire that damaged an apartment building building in almeda. it happened on san jose avenue. fire officials say the cause was a faulty power cord in a second floor bedroom. the displaced residents be being helped by the red cross. >>> the aerial search for a missing bay area family has been called off at least for now. dale and his family disappeared from a flight from ore
were tied by neighbors as a symbol of merrill's safe return. vice president joe biden had this to say. >> there is a piece of good news. the dprk today released someone they never should have had in the first place. >> the north korean government accused newman of committing war crimes and the state media released this video of newman allegedly confessing to those crimes. the news outlet said his apology, his age and medical condition, led to his release. lisa amin gulezian, abc7 news. >>> at least six americans have been detained since 2009. including kenneth bay, who has been held in north korea for more than a year. he was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor after he was accused of plotting to overthrow the government. >>> we are learning this morning the cause of a two-alarm fire that damaged an apartment building in almeda. it happened on san jose avenue. fire officials say the cause was a faulty power cord in a second floor bedroom. the displaced residents are being helped by the red cross. >>> we are learning more this morning about major league baseball and san jose's effort t
, but this was his first known trip to the north.i] >>> vice president joe biden will stop in south korea this week during hist( week long vis to asia. as of now, there'sfá no word on whether he'll discuss or meet the oiarrest in north korea. the vice president plans to participate in a ceremony honoring u.s. troops who died during the korean e1war. -°ñ white house released a statement asking for another american held in that communist county tru. >>> new meaning tot(jffá specia delivery. amazon says it's testingxd delivery by xdw3drone. it's causing, calling theçó projectt(ok prime air. unmanned aircraft deliver lightweightw3 packages to?; customers in 30 minutes or less. the company postedÑi this video its official youtube ?;page. couldko carry packages up to f pound, which represents the majority of the stuff the company delivers now. amazon plans on asking the e1fa could be ready to fly within four years. zblmpkts bikes are now allowed time of day. the new rules went into effect by the transit agency, there are a number of of rulesxd for ride they have to follow, including no bikes o
joe biden arrived in japan a couple of hours argue. first stop of -- ago. first stop of his tour. and caroline kennedy will be greeting him. in addition to japan, vice president biden will go to china and south korea. >>> the man in charge of fixing the website says his team did its job and met its goals. jeff zion says the website can handle 50,000 users at the same time. that was the goal the obama administration had set for november 30th. die unsays the speed of the -- zion says the speed of the website has more than tripled. >> the bottom line, on december 1st is night and day from where it was on october 1st. >> now, the next major test of is probably gonna come in the next few weeks. >>> governor jerry brown and the california legislature will receive a salary increase starting today. the governor's pay will go from 165,000 a year to nearly 174,000. lawmakers will receive a 5% bump with most based salaries increasing from 90,000 to 95,000. the governor will accept his raise, a dozen legislators say they will not because many cali
. >>> vice president joe biden is visiting japan and china this week to try and lower tensions over china's air defense zone. the zone is set above a chain of islands in the east china sea that both countries claim. japan's government is pressuring the u.s. to take a side in the escalating dispute over the air zone but the obama administration is treading lightly on the issue as it pursues an economic relationship with china. >>> autopsy results for paul walker could be released today. new crash video shows the fiery crash that killed the actor and a friend. surveillance video was taken from a building across the street shortly after the accident on the saturday. you can see smoke rising and turn dark as the car burst into flames. friends and family held a private vigil for paul walker at the crash site last night. >> we have road closures, sidewalk closures and permits for all of it. we are going to broom everybody out of here in 15 minutes. you guys are going to go down the road. >> the film production crew from the "fast & furious" franchise paid for the service. >>> 5:09 now on your t
biden, who is in south korea, praised him last night and asked him if he wanted to fly home in style. i offered him a flight home in an hour force two, but he said he had a direct flight to san francisco. i don't blame him, i would be on that flight too. >> he is expected to arrive later this morning. that will be a bond, full moment for him and his family. 6:09. lisa keeping track of the cold snap. >> heavy snow right now in the sierra nevada. temperatures in the lower 30s and a winter storm warning through 10:00. they could see up to two feet in some spots. finally the written is winding down a look at the cold temperatures when we return. >> lisa, thank you. also neck, remembering nelson mandela. the tributes both here and in south africa. and the bat kid returns. the san francisco giants player he inspired and the challenge that all-star pitcher is ♪ thank you grandma for the dolls. ♪ ♪ i love it! ♪ i'm ninja kicking through the halls. ♪ ♪ i love it! ♪ mom's posting pictures on your wall. ♪ ♪ that's my kind of holiday. yes you did. yes you did. no i didn't. no i
of merrill's safe return. vice president biden had this to say. >> there is a piece of good news. the dprk today released someone they never should have had in the first place. >> the north korean government accused newman of committing war crimes and the state media released this video of new -- of newman allegedly confessing to those crimes. the news outlet said his apology, his age and medical condition, led to his release. lisa amin gulezian, abc7 news. >>> at least six americans have been detained since 2009. including kenneth bay, who has been held in north korea for more than a year. he was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor after he was accused of plotting to overthrow the government. >>> we are learning this morning the cause of a two-alarm fire that damaged an apartment building in almeda. it happened on san jose avenue. fire officials say the cause was a faulty power cord in a second floor bedroom. the displaced residents are being helped by the red cross. >>> the aerial search for a missing bay area family has been called off at least for now. dale and his family disappeared f
to fight the cuts. >>> vice president biden is in beijing, hoping to ease growing tensions with china. he'll be meeting with china's president. today, biden visited with chinese students at the u.s. embassy there, urging them to challenge their government and not accept the status quo. >>> we have new details about that american veteran being held captive in north korea. turns out that 85-year-old merrill newman was part of a special forces unit that trained a secret guerrilla group during the korean war. members of the group were waiting to reunite with newman in south korea, just before he was detained. >>> and a bizarre scene to show you from a safari lodge in central africa. although really not bizarre. that's where they live. >> yeah. >> not just an elephant in the room. try six. the herd apparently likes to -- >> that's a lobby? >> they say the herd likes to take a shortcut through the lodge after feeding on a nearby fruit tree. it's not a shortcut to them, it's just how you go. who decided to build this house in the middle of our cafeteria? i think is a better question. >>> and fin
comes at the same too that joe biden was visiting south korea abut they insist that had nothing to do with his release. he is expected here at sfo in about an hour. if he takes a few minutes to chat with us, we will bring you what he has to say on kron 4 news at 8:00. >> thank you, mike. >>> merrill newman looks like he's in good shape considering what he's been going through for the past few weeks. >> reporter: he was smiling and understandably very excited to get back to the united states. i'm sure he will be smiling when he gets off the plane. >> it will be quite a reunion. >>> let's go to the other top story. that of course is the weather as the bay area continues to experience this cold snap. here is janu arasu to tell us all about it. >> good morning, marty. we're taking a look at satellite and radar. the system has moved south and east out of the area. we are still seeing know in tahoe. as for storm tracker, you can see spotty showers out there this morning. but for the main part, we are dry. some spotty snow flurries as well in the higher elevations. plenty of sunshine later t
carrying. >>> the fight over airspace will be front and center today as vice president joe biden joins china's president for a high-stakes meeting. the vice president landed in beijing this morning. china's decision to declare an air-defense identification zone in an area that includes disputed islands has triggered protests from the u.s., japan, and south korea. biden says that washington is deeply concerned. >>> in washington, a first for women at the pentagon as the president has named christine fox as the acting deputy defense secretary for the time being until the president finds a permanent replacement. she takes over for ashton carter, who is stepping down today after announcing his resignation in october. in her new position, fox would be the highest ranking woman at the defense department, serving under defense secretary chuck hagel. >>> if you want to zip through airport security lines, starting today the tsa's pre-check program is becoming more readily available for all travelers. the tsa is opening a registration website. up to 300 enrollment centers. for those who qualify,
to the u.s. to spend the holidays with his wife and toddler son. >>> vice president joe biden arrived in seoul last night to reassure south korean leaders of the u.s. commitment to the security. biden warned that north korea will never achieved prosperity if it pursues the creation of nuclear weapons. washington does not accept its newly declared air defense zone in the region. biden will visit the heavily fortified border between north and south korea tomorrow. >>> on another note, your elf on the shelf may soon seem a little boring compared to this. it is the elves on a ledge, window washers dressed up as santa helpers. they were outside a children's hospital in indianapolis thursday. young patients lit up dare i say like christmas trees a sure sign that santa is a special place for them on his list. >> how cute is that? it is 8:12. matt, savannah, carson and al, elves on a ledge. >> yeah. >> another tongue twister. >> come in, come in. >> elves are getting multi-talented. >> elves dressed as elvis, that would been even bigger. >> think big. >> welcome to memphis. >> more on that st
. >>> vice president joe biden criticized americans and journalists today as he began wrapping up a two-day trip to beijing. reporters claim they face retaliation for stories that reflect poorly on the chinese government. biden also met for more than five hours wednesday with china's president about chosen's new air defense zone. that has razzied tensions in the area, especially with japan. toronto mayor rob ford is back in the spotlight. new court documents allege he may have tried to buy a video that supposedly shows him smoking crack cocaine two months before news of the video first broke. >> reporter: new allegations this morning against embattled mayor rob ford. court documents just released describe police wiretaps on which two gang members are heard of saying an alleged offer of $5,000 and a car in exchange for a now infamous video that allegedly shows the mayor smoking crack. toronto's police chief says mayor ford isn't currently facing charges and won't comment on the tape. >> i don't believe it's appropriate for police to comment on the evidence. >> reporter: the alleged video
. >>> also new this morning, vice president joe biden is in china. second stop of his week-long trip to asia. here's some new video of the vice president meeting with china's vice president. he also met with china's president. one area of tension between the two nations, china's recent declaration of a new air defense zone over disputed islands in the south china sea. both the u.s. and japan have refused to recognize china's declaration. >>> it is 7:15. former santa clara county supervisor george shirikawa is scheduled to appear in court on suspicion of campaign mail fraud. he was sentenced for a year in jail for misusing public money. this afternoon, he faces an additional fell now count accused of selling illegal mailers to discredit a candidate when she ran for san jose city council in 2010. she just ran papers to file against javier campos, the man who won in 2010. the rematch will take place in the june primary for the district 5 council seat which is in san jose's east side. the illegal campaign mailers were sent to members of the vietnamese community and were designed to make her look
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